Oops: Self-Driving Bus Crashes Two Hours After Vegas Launch

Report Self Driving Bus Crashes Within Two Hours of Launch in Las Vegas			AFP		by Charlie Nash9 Nov 20170		9 Nov 2017		9 Nov 2017

Report Self Driving Bus Crashes Within Two Hours of Launch in Las Vegas AFP by Charlie Nash9 Nov 20170 9 Nov 2017 9 Nov 2017

The crash between the self-operating bus and a semi-truck happened Wednesday, less than two hours after the driverless vehicle debuted.

It was an auspicious start for the driverless shuttle in Las Vegas.

A self-driving shuttle, unveiled Wednesday in downtown streets of USA city of Las Vegas, and reported by local media as the first this kind of service to public in a big city, was involved in a minor crash hours after it was launched by the officials. No injuries were reported. "And then it hit us", said Jenny Wong, one of the eight passengers on the bus.

Operators are on board the shuttles to act more as hosts than back-up drivers, according to a company spokesperson.

Police in Las Vegas have said the driver of the semi-truck was cited for illegal backing.

The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck in #dtlv.

A spokesman for the City of Las Vegas told the BBC that human error caused the crash, with the autonomous shuttle having stopped because it detected the truck. Developed by French company Navya, it uses Global Positioning System, electronic kerb sensors and other technology to find its way at no more than 15mph.

Covering a 0.6-mile loop in the Fremont East "Innovation District" of downtown Las Vegas, the all-electric, self-driving shuttle offers free rides for people to experience autonomous transportation in a real-world environment.

AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah (AAA) is sponsoring the nation's first self-driving shuttle pilot project geared specifically for the public.

Latest News